8 Places to Ring in 2019 Across Michigan

There are many fun and festive destinations our beautiful state has to offer during the winter months and events to celebrate New Year’s Eve are no exception.

If you’re looking to shake off 2018 in a memorable way, here are eight fun ways to ring in 2019 across Michigan:

  1. New Year’s Eve on Mackinac Island: Visit Mackinac Island, one of the top Christmas towns according to many lists. Two of the island’s restaurants will have special New Year’s Eve dining packages available. Transportation and lodging options are limited due to the off-season, so be sure to review the details here.
  2. CherryT Ball Drop in Traverse City: Celebrate the holiday and give back to the community by attending this event. The event helps to raise money to support local organizations in need. The celebration is complete with a cherry-shaped ball drop at midnight and live entertainment.
  3. The Drop Motor City NYE 2019 in Detroit: This annual free event takes place in downtown Detroit and is packed with fun through the late afternoon and evening. Complete with food trucks, attractions, skating at Campus Martius and more, all ages are invited to attend. A special kids’ zone offers karaoke, face painting and even an early ball drop at 6:30 p.m. that won’t interfere with bedtime.
  4. Children’s Museum New Year’s Early Eve in Grand Rapids: Ring in the New Year at this family-friendly destination in Grand Rapids. The museum will offer activities, food and drinks and a countdown to a balloon drop at 7:30 p.m.
  5. New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in downtown Ludington: Gather in the heart of downtown Ludington for the New Year’s celebration, part of annual Light up the Lake activities. The event is complete with an entertainment tent and a fireworks display following the midnight ball drop.
  6. Midnight on Main in Midland: Held at Dow Diamond, this event’s Times Square-style ball drop takes place over the ball field followed by a fireworks display, all visible from inside the warm and heated concourse at the ball field.
  7. Marquette New Year’s Eve Ball DropThis year marks the 30th anniversary of the popular and family-friendly ball drop in downtown Marquette.
  8. Mega New Year’s Eve Party in Flint: The Flint Farmers Market will be transformed for a fun New Year’s Eve bash. Party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop will amp up the energy at this soiree.

Whether heading to one of these destinations for a celebration or opting to stay home for the holiday, the key to a New Year’s Eve well spent is to look ahead to the possibilities for the upcoming year. Cherish time with loved ones, reflect on memories made in the past 12 months, and create goals and aspirations for 2019.

What Michigan New Year’s Eve celebrations are happening near you this year? Share the details by leaving a comment below.

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